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Diamond in the Rough

A Poem on Forbearance

By Michelle LiewPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Diamond in the Rough
Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi on Unsplash

One struggle teachers go through is to get an academically weak student to perform in exams. Like them, I am no stranger to diamonds in the rough. It’s no straightforward process, and I imagine my colleagues nodding without difficulty. 

But how do we do this when the coal refuses to be formed? How do we deal with the insurmountable?

Breaking it down helps. Being prepared to adapt to new environments and situations does as well. Remember that you’ve overcome obstacles before, and that the difficulty, like everything else, is transient. 

A diamond forms in time. Stay positive, folks. 

Black coal, mountainous and tough

Dark, mysterious, unrefined

In chunks, diamonds in the rough

To become crystalline diamonds in time

Small coal chunks, when moved

To places vast and new

Their form so improves

Sharpened, bright and true

Diamonds have been formed before

Though coal be black and crude

When treated, crystalline and pure

Shiny, precious, new

The form of black coal lasts,

But for a certain time

The diamonds form, sharp and fast

Churning from their mine

Diamonds sparkle bright and true

Are always there, though they be few. 


About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    This was extremely powerful and optimistic! Loved your poem!

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great work! Well written!

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    If we all had the conditions just right for us - I wonder what the world would be

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